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CAT Seeks a Chef to join our Catering Team to assist in the operation and development of our Café and catering services to a high quality and efficient standard.

About CAT

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is an internationally renowned environmental charity, a world-leading eco centre, and one of the foremost providers of postgraduate environmental education in the UK, based near Machynlleth in Mid Wales.CAT provides inspiration, education and training in solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergency.

Key activities include a visitor centre where people can see solutions in action, residential, in-person and online short courses and events, vocational training, and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of sustainability-related topics.Our Zero Carbon Britain team publishes research and works directly with councils, communities and other organisations to help transform complex economic, social and political systems.

Job Details

  • Reference number: CHE240409
  • Area of Responsibility: Café
  • Hours: Variable – 30 hours per week.
  • Responsible to: Food and Beverage Manager
  • Responsible for: Catering staff
  • Location: Normally at Company’s site in Llwyngwern
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working Days: Spread over 7 days on a rota basis, including evenings and early mornings. Split shifts may be required, depending on business requirements

Salary and employee benefits:

  • £24,174.50 p.a. pro rata
  • CAT offers a generous annual leave allowance of 25 days p.a. pro rata, plus bank holidays (usually 7- 9 days), plus additional allowance at Christmas (usually 3 days), plus 1 extra day for every year worked (up to 5 days).
  • CAT also offers an attractive package of employee benefits, including:
    • a free cooked lunch and free hot drinks from the café whenever working from the CAT eco centre
    • 40% discount on retail goods purchased from CAT
    • Opportunities for CPD training, qualifications & professional memberships to be funded by CAT
    • Opportunity to take 2 CAT short courses per year free-of-charge
    • the opportunity to purchase additional holiday days
    • a ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme
    • 5% pension contribution
    • generous maternity and paternity entitlement and Death In Service benefit
    • 2 hours per month for general health & wellbeing & 2 hours per month for Welsh language tuition.

Application deadline: 9am 26 April 2024

Interview to be held: Week commencing 29 April 2024 (on site)

Expected start date: As soon as possible – to be discussed at offer stage

Overview of Role

The Catering team aims to provide a high quality service to its range of customers, who include day visitors, school groups, students, course attendees, events and conference delegates, whilst operating under an ethical and sustainable trading policy. Current areas of operation include the main cafe and buffet functions in the WISE building.

The Chef is responsible for assisting in the operation and development of the cafe and catering services to a high quality, efficient and profitable standard, receiving excellent customer feedback, whilst operating within CAT’s environmental and procurement policies. The role combines general catering duties, both in the kitchen and front of house.

Main Responsibilities

  • To assist with the overseeing and development of all catering
  • To assist with the setting of appropriate standards
  • To assist with the continual review and the development of quality and range of products and services, to increase profitability and customer satisfaction
  • To provide appropriate cover for the catering services at CAT
  • To prepare, maintain and develop high standards of food, service and presentation of meals and snacks
  • To be creative and inventive with food presentation for different customers and their different catering requirements
  • To ensure that a good range of freshly prepared meals and snacks are available for service, on the counter areas of the restaurant
  • To maintain high standards of cooking and serving of meals for both customers and large groups
  • To be versatile and resourceful in providing a wide range of catering services to customers, including self-service provision for groups, buffets or pre-booked meals and involved in menu planning
  • To facilitate the smooth and efficient day-to-day running of the CAT café which involves:
    • serving, liaising with customers and all front of house operations
    • till operation, counter sales and cashing up
    • kitchen operations
    • keeping the catering areas safe and clean
    • complying with HACCP and all environmental Health requirements
  • To assist with replenishing and maintaining appropriate catering stock levels
  • To assist with staff training, development and motivation
  • To ensure compliance with CAT’s policies including Waste Management and Health & Safety
  • To assist with the maintenance of the fabric and the facilities of the restaurant, as part of the restaurant team
  • Any other appropriate duties as defined by the Catering Manager

Applications should be forwarded to by the deadline stating the job title in the Subject line.

Any queries should be addressed to

To learn more about the role, download the full job description:

Job Description: Chef

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